Wrist mounted heart rate monitors are nothing new for Mio, but the company is more cycling specific features into a new device to better target the two wheeled set. Called the Velo, the wrist strap uses the same continuous technology that monitors your heart rate using LED lights and an electro-optical cell that can sense the volume of blood under the skin (similar to other products like the Lifebeam helmet). That means you get your heart rate without the need for a strap across your chest.
What sets the Velo apart from their other HRMs is the new bridging capability which can read your ANT+ and BLE speed and cadence sensors. From there the Velo can connect to your phone, providing all of the necessary metrics in one place. Set for retail at $129, the Velo does not have a built in display and will be available in November.
Looking for a fitness tracker that will also keep track of your heart rate? Check out the new fuse next…
All of Mio’s devices use the same optical sensor to measure your heart rate. As long as the straps are tightly secured to your wrist they are as accurate as many chest straps.
Billed as an all day activity tracker, the new Mio Fuse is aimed at the Fitbit, etc. market. In addition to providing a display with clock and feedback such as HR, the strap measures continuous heart rate, steps, calories, distance, speed, and pace. Water resistant to 30 meters and rechargeable, the Fuse looks like a solid addition for fitness buffs. Pricing and availability tbd.